See Local Art and Enjoy Wine at “Vintimate” Event

The Heathman Hotel and Trellis Restaurant in Kirkland will combine original art, food, and wine for a social on Sept. 15.

The Vinitmate event is from 5-8 p.m. in the hotel’s San Juan Ballroom. It will feature music from Mike Mansour, Pondera Winery wines, and art from local artists Michael Ferguson and Toni Lagoria Almerico.

Ferguson paints outdoor scenes.

Art by Michael Ferguson, courtesy Heathman Hotel and Trellis

Art by Michael Ferguson, courtesy Heathman Hotel and Trellis

“My painting approach is fundamentally representational. The reality of the scene is readily apparent, followed by a fracturing of shape and color upon closer inspection. I enjoy using the oil medium for field painting during assorted road trips and hikes,” Ferguson said. “Outdoor painting encourages a more impressionistic and suggestive quality due to the ever-changing conditions.”

Almerico’s work is different, exploring both symmetry and geometry.

“The compositions are about high contrast, bisecting lines and jarring color combinations,” she said. “There is a consistent interest in the depiction of movement through the grouping together of similar shapes juxtaposed with larger more hard edged static images. Some of the smaller clustered shapes are seen to break free and travel.”

Vintimate is a 21+ event. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. To purchase, call 425.284.5858 or email

Miss Vinitmate but want to see the art? Ferguson and Almerico’s work will be on display all month.

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